In November, Chinese and US negotiators surprised the global business community by announcing an end to a standoff over high-technology tariffs. In agreeing to move forward with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA), China paved the way for the slashing of tariffs on items from semiconductors to video game consoles.
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When a foreign company wants to construct a new building in China, it is required to work with a so-called “design institute,” a Chinese company that must approve every part of the design. Although this is ostensibly a simple process, US companies have found a number of challenges that frequently arise when working with design institutes.
Overcapacity, or a glut of production capabilities, is a growing concern for US-China Business Council (USCBC) member companies in their China operations, according to USCBC’s 2014 business environment survey.
Rapidly increasing wages, high demand for qualified workers, and high turnover rates have made recruiting and retaining talent one of the top challenges multinational companies face in China year after year. But there’s another issue making employee recruitment and retention even more difficult: China’s air pollution.
The US-China Business Council (USCBC) will recommend solutions to foreign investment, intellectual property, and administrative licensing issues in China in a yearly submission to US government trade talk representatives this week.